Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What is Metaphysical Naturalism? Part 3

The cosmology of Western religion has not opened its door to allowing science to tell it what God hath wrought.

It had to accept the science of Galileo and the result was the Copernican Revolution. It had to accept because Galileo was willing to put his neck on the line for truth, and the Church, being the ultimate judge and jury of such things, had to decide in favor of the truth that was set before them.

The Church is no longer the judge and jury. The public is. The Church cannot put anyone's neck on the line for advancing the ideas of evolution, or of stem cell research, or of any other advancement in any field. It no longer has the power to put to death anyone who fights its dogma, and so the Church, unable to stop such arguments of science with the threat of torture or worse, continues to fight with every fiber of its theology such advancements.

Had Darwin's life--or any reputable evolutionist's life--been the cost of advancing the truth of evolution, there may have been a Darwinian Revolution winning out over Church doctrine. Instead, we have the spectacle of science forcing many Christians to become more fundamental in their religious beliefs because it is the only way they have to protect their beliefs against what they do not want to see, hear, or speak.

Dogma is created when--and because--religion ignores science and has no theological truths to offer up. This is what the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia explains about dogma:

"Dogma - Signifies, in the writings of the ancient classical authors, sometimes, an opinion or that which seems true to a person; sometimes, the philosophical doctrines or tenets, and especially the distinctive philosophical doctrines, of a particular school of philosophers, and sometimes, a public decree or ordinance, as dogma poieisthai.
"Dogmatic Fact - Any fact connected with a dogma and on which the application of the dogma to a particular case depends.
"Dogmatic Theology - That part of theology which treats of the theoretical truths of faith concerning God and His works."

Science destroys dogma in the minds of those who are willing to accept the truth of science. In the minds of those who desire to continue to accept the Christian Logos as given to them through the Biblical Word of God, the truth of science becomes a lie when it is in contradiction.

Religion ought to be built on what science is able to tell the Church is the truth about our world, as Copernicus and Galileo were able to tell it. Yet it resists. This is the philosophical/theological battle of the cosmology of physics vs. the cosmology of Western religion.

For the continuation click here

Metaphysical Naturalism Part 3: The Mechanical and Moral Arguments

Note: I will be the featured speaker at the Center For Inquiry (CFI) meeting, October 16, 2008, in Portage, Michigan. The topic is "Atheism as a 'Religion' Protected by Courts According to the Establishment Clause" CEC

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